Hong Kong actor Mang Hoi dies at 65

By   |  Oct 10, 2023

Hong Kong actor, martial artist and action director Mang Hoi (孟海) has passed away at the age of 65. The sad news was confirmed today by his niece, TVB actress Ball Mang, who revealed that Hoi had been battling oesophageal cancer since 2022.

Born in 1958, Mang Hoi grew up in Tiu Keng Leng where his mother was a teacher. At the age of 7, he followed his mother’s advice and began studying Peking Opera under the tutelage of Fan Guk-Fa. He quickly became one of her favourite students and toured around the world with her troupe.

Hoi made his acting debut at the age of 10, appearing in 1968’s ‘The Vagabond Swordsman’. When he was 14, he left school and began working full time as a stuntman and martial arts instructor. He quickly found work on a number of films, including ‘Little Superman’, ‘Kidnap in Rome’, and ‘Little Godfather from Hong Kong’. In 1973, he worked with Bruce Lee on ‘Fist of Unicorn’ and also had a small role in ‘Enter the Dragon’.

Hoi appeared in over 100 film and television productions throughout his career. Some of his film highlights include ‘The Buddha Assassinator’, ‘Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain’, ‘Legacy of Rage’, ‘Heart of Dragon’, ‘Yes, Madam!’, and ‘The Gambling Ghost’. He also directed two films – ‘The Blonde Fury’ and ‘The Tantana’.

Mang Hoi was a fan favourite who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain (1983)

Legacy Of Rage (1986)

Heart Of Dragon (1985)
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